Henry Hawekotte makes gambling faro boxes
the cents we 70 following a showing careful who York MAKING GAMBLERS' TOOLS, QUEER TRADE CARRIED ON BY A CHICAGO MANUFACTURER. Borne of tin Odd ImplcmtuU Vied by (aro boxes taken oy~ than reader McKm- me in New received Mart- of some 19 for of back with tho who those believes store he than the up in in imported here on, buy on it. them people and like the than cost on value the to sit should, two of hie necessary a law, of his labor. St. Tne two " brace Capt. Bhippey in hi* raid on the Auditorium Auditorium Clnb at 11 Congress street the other nigbt, were made in Chicago 1 . Henry Hawekotte Is the manufacturer. He was visited one evening by a reporter, who went in the guise of a thrifty gambler who wished to trade an old " box, taken from the Auditorium Club, for one of a more Improved pattern. Hawekotte Hawekotte was somewhat guarded In hi* remarks remarks at flrat, but when the well-worn box was fondly exhibited he became anxious to make a bargain. He examined witb interest the box, which he recognized an hi* own work made more than B doien years *go. He quickly pronounced it to be in bad In ouch a condition, he claimed, it was positively clangorous to use in a game, it might deliver the card* in an uneven manner and reveal to the victim* that they were playing against a dishonest game. In order to prove what he said wa* the " brace " box manufacturer unlocked a small eloaet and took therejfenm two card rack* which were full of marked eard* for faro and two " brace" boxes. The cards wore fitted to the visitor's and, sure enough, it refused to obey the pressure of the dealer 1 * hand. They were' then placed In Hawekotte's box and one or two cards were dealt at pleasure. Mr. Hawekotte, however, was not exhibiting MB boxes as curiosities. He bad brought them out In order to make a trade. "The price of the style of box which you have," he said, "when new is |66. Now, this box," showing one ot hi* own, " Is of a much later design. A, new costs |12S, but this one Is second-hand, and I will sell it to you lor ,T76. Or I make a new one and will give it to your box. It will take me the member of now TA\e has Vnto the 1892, adopted fully a week to get your box in good repair, for it *eems to be badly outof He then deftly took off the Ud, and the air of one who 1* perfectly familiar with the instrument, proceeded to examine examine the delicate syrtem of spring* and lever* whereby the dealer Is permitted govern the flow of the card*. " Ye*," he continued, " this la in fearfully bad shape. It isn't fit to put on table. Might give you away any minute, and that would ruin yonr reputation among faro player*. So you want to a new box?" When answered that this wa* the he continued: " Well, if you want advice it Is this: Buy the best make. I a box better than either of these style*. is not operated from the end wall aa these, but from the shuffling board. The dealer can contl the card* without touching the box at all. It is all done the wrist movement. It is a little more expensive than the ordinary box, but It more than makes up the coat in the of operation. "A hall-Inch hole is bored through bottom of the box and a tongue in shuffling board works through this to the machinery. It can be locked }nÂ«t same a* this box, only the lock i* in shuffling board. It give* tho greatest variety of arrangement*. It can be aet for ' square,' for ' the whole thing' the'odd.' " It is the greatest box ever made," the maker, aa he returned hi* card* boxes to their place In the closet and carefully relooked tbe door. "I will sell you one ot the latest improved shuffling boards for (135. It is impossible to detect the dealer in it* manipulation, and the price of the box can be made in one ting." . By this time Hawekotte wa* convinced that his visitor was a bona-flde and he volunteered to show his which was located In the' rear ot the house. In it were all the tools for making the Intricate levers found in the " brace " box. There were a lathe saw for shaping the outside plates, and on the work bench were flies and various sizes and shapes. On the bench lay the bottom ot a faro box, which In course of construction. An examination examination showed that fifteen holes, varying from a quarter ot an Inch to a fiftieth an inch in diameter had been drilled. Mr. Hawekotte then became sociable, and, sitting on a saw-horse, began to ol his business in general. " I tell he began, " it takes lots of work one of those boxes. You see, there are fifteen holes in that bottom now, have yet to drill the big one and It Is a three-weeks' steady job to shuffling-board box. " I don't sell very many boxes in Chicago, because all the gamblers own and when a good box Is obtained it generally kept In good condition. Your box was made at least fifteen years I sell them all over the country. York people buy a great many. You bare is an order Irom a club in for more cards to fit its box. Yes, tbe business Is just as good aa if the city administration allowed tho gambling houses to be open, because in games which 1 are not likely to be visited by the police keepers are not afraid to use a ' 80 you are connected with a gambling house on the South side? Well, I there are a good many games running now. I have sold several boxes lately have orders for several more." Mr. Hawekotte was then asked to where ft shuffling board boiwagdn The of and be to new as hi* u character and who by up the he days-he "tt 1s In a vloua to giving Mm an oldei to BeunMfttInto iBQUGitMflÂ»Â»W! "Do you suppose they would own up *Â· tbai they -were using a crooked _Â»ox? Well, I guess not. They would no let you know they bad one than let them know you were running a game."--Chicago News.